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Tennis courts get face-lift

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Middlesboro High School unveiled their newly-renovated tennis courts Wednesday. The courts have involved months of work for the school and school board and are now ready for play time.The Middlesboro School Board also voted to keep the same real estate and personal property tax rate for 2014-2015 at 50.8 cents for every $100 of assessed value. The motor vehicle tax will also be kept at a rate of 56 cents.The elementary school has started a few new programs this year including the Leader in Me and bornlearning initiatives.

 

Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Friday, August 22, the 234th day of 2014. There are 131 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On August 22, 1914, Austria-Hungary declared war against Belgium.On this date:In 1485, England’s King Richard III was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field, effectively ending the War of the Roses.In 1787, inventor John Fitch de...

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Young Lions look to take next step

The Pineville Mountain Lions graduated ten seniors from last year’s team. The group included all of the starters along the offensive and defensive lines, most of the linebackers and All-State caliber athlete Conner Ford.Not too long ago that would mean the Lions were in store for a long season this year. But coach Bart Elam, entering his ninth year at PHS, has built the program to the point where they’re still considered the favorites to place second in Class 1A’s...

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‘Sleep debt’ effects school routine

Children throughout the Tri-State area have spent the past few weeks transitioning into the back-to-school routine.According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), school-aged children need to get at least 10 hours of sleep a day, teens need between nine and 10 hours while adults can get by with seven to eight hours per day.Unfortunately busy schedules often make it impossible for children or their parents to get the recommended amount of sleep. Between work, school,...

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Middlesboro to set tax levy

The Middlesboro City Council held the first reading to establish the Ad Valorem tax levy on personal and real property for the year 2015 during their meeting on Tuesday.The tax levy on personal property is to be set at 23.20 cents per $100 of assessed value. The levy on real property is to be set at 6.9 cents per $100 of assessed value.The ordinance states taxes collected are for city purposes of “defraying the necessary expenses for general operation of the city g...

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Clerk’s office taking plastic

The Bell County Clerk’s Office is now offering taxpayers the option to pay with debit or credit cards in both the Middlesboro and Pineville office for any type of transaction.Those transactions include deed room recording fees, car tags and taxes, and hunting and fishing licenses.“Offering customers this option is something we are so excited about, and so far customers have found it convenient and have been excited about it too,” said Makenzie Standifer...

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Double grave marking ceremony slated

The Martin’s Station Chapter Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution, will be having a double grave marking ceremony using SAR markers on the graves of Jesse Brock and Ephraim Osborne, along with a wreath laying and grave side ceremony to commemorate their service during the Revolutionary War on Aug. 30 in Harlan County.The SAR chapter will be working alongside various DAR chapters in the region to help celebrate the lives of Brock and Osborne.Jesse Brock&...

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Community Calendar

To place an announcement in the Community Calendar, email: bmoore@civitasmedia.com; fax: 606-573-0042 attention Bethany Moore; or drop a written copy of the announcement by our office at 120 North 11th Street, Middlesboro (behind Food City). Announcements should be submitted no later than four days before the event. If information is received in time, it will be published one or two days before the event. Announcements will not be accepted by phone. For more information, call 606-909-4145...

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News in Brief

Coroner: 3 dead before blaze beganINEZ (AP) — Officials say two women and a young girl found in the ruins of an eastern Kentucky house fire were killed before the blaze was set.Media reported that officials with the Martin County coroner’s office say preliminary autopsy results show all three were shot and stabbed.Firefighters were called to the blaze near Inez early Saturday, and they found the bodies of 46-year-old Cainie Johnson...

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Death sentence of 6-time killer upheld in state

LOUISVILLE (AP) — A six-time convicted killer condemned to death for a 1991 slaying in Kentucky has lost a bid for a new trial and sentencing after the state’s high court on Thursday found that a large amount of evidence and testimony warranted the verdict.The decision by a unanimous court turned away 57-year-old Michael Dale St. Clair’s bid for a fourth sentencing hearing in Bullitt County in the death of distillery worker Frances “Frank” Brady of Bar...

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State retirement system to receive $23 million

LOUISVILLE (AP) — One of Kentucky’s public pension systems lost $69 million because it unknowingly purchased risky mortgage-backed securities in the run up to the 2008 housing market crash. But Thursday, the system got $23 million of those losses back in an unprecedented settlement with Bank of America and its related companies.Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway announced the settlement along with the federal Department of Justice and attorneys general from five ot...

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State Supreme Court upholds ethics rule

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Prosecutors in Kentucky will no longer be able to require defendants as part of a plea agreement to waive their right to appeal bad advice from an attorney after the Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday banned the practice.A defendant sometimes has the right to claim his lawyer’s advice was bad. The rule upheld by the high court bars prosecutors from requiring defendants to waive that appeal right and a defense attorney from advising clients to accept th...

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Vols adding Memphis transfer Woodson

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dominic Woodson is transferring from Memphis to Tennessee, a source close to the situation said.Woodson should be in class at Tennessee’s Knoxville campus on Thursday, said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because Tennessee hasn’t announced the move.The source said it remained up in the air whether Woodson would have to sit out the 2014-15 season. The 6-foot-10 forward could seek an NCAA waiver in an attempt to...

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Dr. Harold Pease Columnist

Many may not realize that Congress had prayer today before they deliberated. In a typical workweek, Monday through Friday, prayer is said every morning in the U. S. Senate and in the U. S. House of Representatives. Each House invites and pays a Christian minister to pray each day for a week that they are in session.Ministers apply for this privilege and they come from every sector of the country. This has been so since the 1st Congress in 1789 some 225 years ago and will continue a...

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State must reassess marijuana policies

In July, Washington became the second state where marijuana could be purchased legally for recreational use.Folks have been buying pot legally in Colorado since the first of the year, and Reuters reported in April the state expects recreational sales to generate $98 million in revenue this year.Earlier this month, the District of Columbia Board of Elections voted to put a recreational use initiative on the ballot in November. Alaskans will also be voting on the issue thi...

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Family Dollar rejects Dollar General offer

MATTHEWS, N.C. (AP) — Family Dollar is rebuffing Dollar General’s takeover bid, citing antitrust issues. The discounter’s board supports its existing merger with Dollar Tree.Family Dollar Stores Inc. Chairman and CEO Howard Levine said in a statement Thursday that its board and advisers reviewed Dollar General Corp.’s offer and determined it wasn’t reasonably likely to be completed on the terms proposed.Dollar General declined to comment....

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Moving rural America forward

In January, President Obama declared that despite Congressional logjams, “America does not stand still — and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for American families, that’s what I’m going to do.”

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Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Thursday, August 21, the 233th day of 2014. There are 132 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On August 21, 1944, the United States, Britain, the Soviet Union and China opened talks at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington that helped pave the way for establishment of the United Nations. (The talks concluded on October 7.)On this date:In 1614, T...

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